Creggs advance to Curley Cup Final
Curley Cup Semi-Final
Dunmore RFC 15, Creggs Rugby 20.
Creggs First XV advanced to the Curley Cup Final following a hard fought victory over Dunmore in Dunmore on Saturday.
A number of injuries and unavailabilities meant the team was much changed going into this game and normally three tries against none conceded would indicate an easy passage to the final, however this was anything but.
A penalty count running tenfold in favour of the home side meant they were never out of touch, landing 5 penalties and finishing the game camped on the Creggs line.
Yet again however Creggs defence held, Mark Brandon slotted a late penalty opportunity to widen the gap as the game went into its closing stages.
Creggs scored early with a try from Mike Blighe who was a powerful presence throughout, converted by Brandon but Dunmore immediately clawed back that lead with a penalty and that set the pattern for the rest of the day.
Three changes to the pack involved Matthew Brandon and Ronan Cahill coming into the back row and Eoghan Farrell started at loose head prop. All made significant contributions along with second row Brian Donoghue and tighthead Aidan Leech who gained a lot of hard yards for his team but Farrell was unlucky to be injured in a heavy tackle with 10 minutes of the first half remaining.
Centre Elliot Jennings scored Creggs second try following a most impressive backs and forwards interchange and Peter Lohan also dotted down just before half-time, neither of these tries converted.
Creggs were 17-6 ahead at half-time but their only score in the second half was Brandon’s late penalty, meanwhile their lead was being eroded by a series of Dunmore penalties.
The final whistle brought relief to Creggs and great disappointment to Dunmore who were still very much in with a shout as the clock ticked down. Creggs will play Corinthians in the Curley Cup Final in the Sportsground on March 30th. at 7.30pm.
Creggs now take a well earned break from competitive action over the festive season but training continues on Tuesdays, and Fridays. New players always welcome.
The Connacht League resumes on the 7th of January. And the Junior Cup draw was also made at the weekend and Creggs are at home to the winners of NUIG and Dunmore in the first round on Sunday 14th January.
Creggs Rugby : Ryan Horan, Luke Meehan, Peter Lohan, Elliot Jennings, Michael Feeley, Michael Holland, Mark Brandon, Eoghan Farrell, Sean O’Higgins, Aidan Leech, Brian Donoghue, Mike Blighe, Matthew Brandon, Ronan Cahill, Aidan Brandon, Enda Tully, Damien Nolan, Dan Butt, Stephen Kilcommins, and Eoghan O’Connell,
Creggs Seconds XV
Creggs Seconds next published Connacht J2 League fixture is down for 2.30 on Sunday, January 2nd. in Creggs vs league-leaders OLBC.
It is also hoped that the team will get to play a previously postponed fixture in the interim. Training continues on Tuesday and Friday night.
Both the Under-20’s and Under-18.5’s are in contention to win their respective Leagues. Having won the last round, Creggs Under-20’s are in joint-second position in the Connacht Blitz Series, with two Rounds to go.
Training over the Christmas on Tuesday and Fridays.
The Under-18.5’s are in second position in their top level Connacht League. They travel away to play Westport on January 7th. with two more rounds after that. Their target is a top two position and a Connacht League Final on February 4th.
Very good away win for Under-15’s over Sligo
Connacht Under-15 A League
Sligo RFC 10, Creggs Rugby 21.
On Sunday last, Creggs travelled to Sligo seeking revenge for a marginal loss in mid-September. Creggs began the game strongly and dominated possession in the opening minutes.
Forwards Ruairi O’ Brien and Shane Connaughton broke the gain line numerous times putting Sligo on the back foot in the early stages of the encounter. Excellent rucking from wing forward pairing Frankie Quinn and Tyrese Etete provided clean ball for the Creggs backs who used it clinically.
After continuous pounding on the Sligo defence’s door, they eventually gave way when Edimar Filho touched down in the corner making for a positive start for the men in maroon.
Creggs continued their run of good form and refused to let their foot off the gas. In the following minutes, line breaks from centre pairing David Gacquin and Filho again brought play into the Sligo half. Aodan Kelly and Anthony Gorman carried wide ferociously as they were supplied with ball by Paddy Downey. Eventually Creggs got over the line with their second try, this time from Gacquin to wrap up the 1st half at 14-0 in favour of Creggs as both tries were converted by Matthew Ryan and Robert Colleran respectively.
Creggs pushed on in the second half as they forced errors from the Sligo attack with excellent line speed. The ruthless front row of Ruairi O Brien, James Murray and Michael Hoey worked tirelessly all game. Creggs’ resilience paid off when out-half Mark Dowd sauntered through the Sligo defence and scored Creggs’ third try of the encounter. Creggs converted and went 21 points in front.
However, Sligo began to regain possession and began asking questions of the seemingly impeccable Creggs defence. Creggs proved that they had a tough core as they defended excellently around the fringes of the ruck. This however left Creggs light on the wings and Sligo touched down twice in the second half to leave the score 21-10.
Creggs proved their strength in depth as replacements Sean O Roarke, Luke Gregory, Tom Geoghan and Jack Donnellan only made things easier for the Creggs men whenever they entered the fray.
The game finished up 21-10, in favour of the men in maroon and white thanks to a magnificent effort bravely led by Connaughton, Kilcommons, O’Gorman, Quinn and Hoey. They take on Castlebar in the new year at The Green and hope to continue their current run of form.
Creggs Rugby: Mark Kilcommons, Robert Colleran, Edimar Filho, David Gacquin, Matthew Ryan, Paddy Downey, Mark Dowd, Michael Hoey, James Murray, Ruairi O’Brien, Aodan Kelly, Anthony Gorman, Frankie Quinn, Tyrese Etete, Shane Connaughton, Jack Donnellan, Tom Geoghan, Luke Gregory, and Sean O’ Roarke.
Creggs Under-16’s play Claremorris this week
Creggs Under-16’s play Claremorris RFC in their previously postponed Connacht A League this Wednesday night in Creggs at 7.30pm. Claremorris are in joint-second place with Creggs but Creggs has a game in hand.
The Under-16’s could be out again on Saturday, December 30th. for another previously postponed game. That’s currently fixed for 2:30, away vs Sligo. Sligo are the leaders but again Creggs has a game in hand on them.
Please support the Under-16 lads. A win over the Claremorris should guarantee Creggs a home Quarter-Final in the Connacht Under-16 League.
All other Youth teams are on their Chistmas break from games.
NEXT YOUTH CONNACHT A LEAGUE FIXTURES:
(NB – Players will be informed re final agree dates and times)
Under-13’s 13/01/2018 13:30 Home vs Ballinasloe.
Under-14’s 06/01/2018 13:30 Home vs Westport.
Under-15’s 13/01/2018 14:30 Home vs Castlebar.
Under-16’s 20/12/2017 14:30 Home vs Claremorris,
30/12/2017 14:30 Away vs Sligo.
Under-17’s 07/01/2018 12:00 Home vs Westport.
The Creggs Under-8’s performed at half time in Connacht’s big win over French side Brive last Saturday in the Sportground. A large number of parents travel by bus and a great day was had by all.
Creggs Minis are now on their Christmas break. All return to training on Saturday, January 6th, at 11am.
New players always welcome at all ages from Under-7 to Under-12 (boys & girls). More info on: www.creggsrugby.ie / Facebook: Creggs RFC / Phone: 089 7078296.
N.B. – Please note – a handful of outstanding registrations/membership for this season must be completed and handed when we return to training.
CREGGS RUGBY LOTTO
The Creggs Rugby Lotto Draw numbers this week were: 1, 6, 14, 30. There was no winner of the jackpot, which now rises to €6,100 for the next weekly draw.
The winner of the Lucky Dip draw this week was Padraic McConn.
Please support the Creggs Rugby Lotto, as we develop our new training and playing facilities for all our Mini, Youths, Schools and Senior Players. Your support is much appreciated!